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Gordie And Family Go Together

from Dan Robson of Sportsnet magazine,

He walked slowly to the front of a room packed with reporters and sat on the last seat in the first row, facing the podium. He had hoped they wouldn’t notice, or, at least, that they wouldn’t react. This day, after all, was never supposed to be about him. But in the vaulted sanctuary of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, his presence is something akin to the manifestation of a deity. His white hair was cropped neatly and parted. His face was soft, but dignified. His white dress shirt was crisp, buttoned down over a black and gold tie. The navy blazer fit perfectly. The Hall of Fame logo sat just right. Even veteran sports scribes were in awe. “Gordie Howe,” whispered one, sitting in the fourth row. “There’s Gordie Howe,” nudged another, somewhere in the back. They glowed like giddy schoolboys.

Gordie Howe might have heard their whispers. He hears them everywhere he goes. But he didn’t turn and wave like he usually does. He just looked forward, to the stage where the Stanley Cup sat and where, in moments, his son would be introduced as one of the new inductees into hockey’s holy Hall.

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Crow's avatar

Truly, an inspiring article.  Thanks for posting it, Paul.

Posted by Crow on 01/18/12 at 06:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Red River Valley.”

Apropos, given just how much Gordie misses Colleen.

Thanks for a terrific find, Paul.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/18/12 at 08:20 PM ET

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OMG…what an amazing article. A hockey stick personally autographed from Gordie to my Dad hangs on the wall in my parents home. They met back when we still watched our hockey under a bubble….many years before Centre Ice and the Red Wings came to town. Sadly my Dad died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) almost 3 years ago. My parents were married for over 50 years and my Mom remains lost without the love of her life, too. God bless Mr. & Mrs. Hockey and all the Howe’s - Gordie and Colleen can be proud.

Posted by wingsuver4ever from TC on 01/19/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Amazing article.

Mr. Hockey is one of a kind, and it seems so is the rest of his family.  It will be an absolutely heart-breaking day when we finally lose him, because the sport still so badly needs Mr. Hockey.  Nobody will ever be able to fill that void as an ambassador of the sport, noone.

Posted by Primis on 01/19/12 at 11:20 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Dusty in here today.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/19/12 at 06:32 PM ET

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